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You get an extra day (sort of) this weekend, what will you do with it?! It’s leap year so we get an extra day of February! Make it count and have some fun at storytime, making slime, dining with Mickey, or visiting with animals at the zoo. Read on for all the fun happenings around the North Shore this weekend.

Friday

Science of Slime

Curious City, 205 Washington St., Peabody, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

If you’ve got older slime obsessed kids at home (the workshop is 8 and up), here’s your chance to let them make slime without making a mess out of your house! Hang out before or after to explore the museum.

Saturday

Storytime and Activities Celebrating Dr. Seuss!

Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody, 11 am

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is next week! Bring the kids to Barnes and Nobles for a very Seussical Storytime with fun activities!

World Wildlife Day

Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham, 10:30 am-1:30 pm

Celebrate World Wildlife Day at Zoo New England! In honor of Leap Day, learn about species that have an extra spring in their step, like the Panamanian golden frog, red kangaroo, snow leopard, and ring-tailed lemur!

Crane Beach Birding Safari

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich, 9 am-11 am

Winter on Crane Beach offers a unique opportunity to go where you’ve never gone before on the sand! This fun and educational oversand adventure will explore the winter landscape of Castle Neck and Crane Beach. You will learn all about the natural history of the barrier beach as we keep a look out for winter wildlife including snowy owls!

Parents Night Out Movie Night: Frozen 2

Sugar Plum Parties, 297 Main St., Stoneham, 6 pm-9 pm

Drop-Off Movie Night featuring the movie Frozen 2 with a special guest appearance from Anna! Children will get to meet & greet Anna and take pictures before the movie. They will also be serving pizza, snacks & drinks. Crafts will also be available to enjoy too!

Sunday

Mickey and Minnie Brunch

Breakaway, 221 Newbury St., Danvers, 10 am& 12 pm

Mickey and Minnie are brunching this weekend! They will work the room meeting the kids and even perform, so bring cameras. The menu features tons of kid-friendly options like waffles, chicken fingers, and mac and cheese, with a full buffet for adults, including a build your own Bloody Mary bar. And kids under 10 eat free! Reservations are strongly recommended.

Sensory Sensitivity Sunday

Chuck E. Cheese, 139 Endicott St., Danvers, 8 am-10 am

The first Sunday of every month they offer a sensory-friendly experience, opening the stores two hours before the normal opening time. The Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that work to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to stay inside this weekend! Enjoy super ice skating, an outdoor winter festival, and maple syrup making (we’re New Englanders after all!). Read on for all the fun happenings around the area and have a great weekend!

Friday

Lowell Winterfest

Downtown Lowell, Friday 5 pm-10 pm; Saturday 11 am-10 pm

There’s something for everyone at Winterfest, which runs both Friday and Saturday. Kids will love riding the old fashioned carousel, playing giant games, and craft activities. There’s also ice skating, delicious food vendors, live music and shopping!

Saturday

Superhero Skate

MarketStreet, 600 Market Street, Lynnfield, 10 am-12 pm

Calling all superheroes! Head to the Superhero Headquarters at Capital One Cafe for a complimentary Meet & Greet with Spider-Man and Wonder Woman, viewing of Spider-Man, and treats fit for a hero. Then grab your cape and fly over to The Rink to enjoy skating!

Sugar Shack Saturdays

Appleton Farm, Ipswich and Hamilton, 10 am & 1:30 pm

See how the farm collect and turn that sap into delicious maple syrup. Meet at the Carriage Barn where you’ll learn about the maple sugaring process. Then take a short walk to the maple tree row where you’ll learn how we tap the trees. Finally, walk to the sugar shack to see the maple sugaring in action and of course taste the sap and maple syrup!

Model Magic Bugs

Michaels, 35 Independence Way, Danvers, 10 am-12 pm

They craft, you shop! Kids can get crafty making bugs out of Model Magic! Get creative with colors and make familiar bugs or create something from your imagination! Sign up in store, online, or just drop in.

Sunday

Meet Backyard Birds

Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, 10 am-12:30 pm

Drop in to Joppa Flats for an up-close wildlife experience! Watch their Bird Banding Station Manager give live demonstrations on bird research and banding. After capturing wild birds in Joppa’s backyard, they brings them inside to measure, weigh, examine, and “band” them before releasing them, unharmed, back into the wild.

All aboard! The weekend is rolling in and so are a ton of great activities! Take your little conductors to a special Lego train exhibit, be on the lookout for bald eagles, and of course party the night away for Valentine’s Day! Read on for a full list of must do activities in the area!

Friday

Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out

Room to Bloom, 81 Bridge St., Beverly, 5 pm-8 pm, ages 0-6

Drop your little loves off to play, paint heart pictures on canvas, explore a special Valentine’s Day sensory bin, and eat pizza—all while you get a few hours to celebrate the holiday with some adult time out! Advanced reservations are required.

Valentine’s Day Family Movie Night: Gnomeo and Juliet

Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School, 134 High St., Ipswich, 7 pm-9 pm

Celebrate love day by catching a flick as a family. This is a fundraiser for the Ipswich Middle School with suggested donation of $5. There will also be snacks and a raffle. The movie starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6:15 pm, so get there a little early to grab a good seat!

Valentine’s Day Family Dance Party

Riverwalk Brewery, 40 Parker St., Newburyport, 5 pm-8 pm

The brewery invites you to skip the sitters and overpriced restaurants and celebrate as a family. The kids will enjoy a pizza buffet, crafts, dancing and a photo booth! Parents—you get to of course enjoy a beer or two and tasty apps and desserts.

Saturday

Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Various locations in Newburyport, 9 am-4 pm

Newburyport welcomes back bald eagles each year with this festival. Along with special eagle spotting locations, there are also live animals and kids crafts at both Joppa Flats and Parker River Wildlife Refugee and animal demonstrations at City Hall. Follow the link for exact locations, times, and details.

Annual Lego Train Show

Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham, Sat. & Sun., 10 am-4 pm

Each year the museum brings these colorful brick trains to town just for one weekend, so don’t miss it! Come see a rainbow colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes and much more. All features are designed with the highest degree of precision by the New England Lego Users Group.

Superhero & Sidekick Party

Marblehead Parenting &Tots Club, 40 Tioga Way, Marblehead, 4 pm-6 pm

Calling all superheroes! Sign up for this SUPER party filled with activities, crafts, a photo booth, entertainment & pizza! Dressing up is encouraged so put on your capes—parents too, after all you are the real superheroes!

New England Boat Show

Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm

You don’t need to be in the market for a boat to have fun at this show. Kids can run up and down the isles of this huge show and hop on and off boats. Along with all the booths there’s interactive fun too! Kids can get creative and build their own boats at a crafting station and even hop on paddle boats and cruise a mini lake. This is the last weekend of the show.

Sunday

National Engineering Week

Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston, 11 am-4 pm

What kid doesn’t like to use stuff to build stuff that does stuff?! That’s what Engineering Week is all about at the Children’s Museum. Sunday kicks off a week long celebration filled with daily activities like designing a marble maze and a lego zipline challenge.

It may be rainy out today, but it’s Friday—YAY!—and the sun is promising to make an appearance this weekend! Wondering what there is to do? Look no further, because we’ve rounded up some family fun in the area. From sweet treats to parties to outdoor activities, we’ve found all the best ways to have some fun in and around the North Shore this weekend. Read on for a full list of events.

Friday

Date Night Drop Off: Friday Night STEM Club

The Village Oasis, 174 Cabot St., Beverly, 6 pm-8 pm (ages 5-11)

Drop the kids off and go out for a little adult time! While you’re out dining, your kids will have some science fun, play games, and enjoy snacks. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday

2nd Annual Winter Wilderness Festival

Camp Denison, 84 Nelson St., Georgetown, 10 am-2 pm

Put on your snow pants and boots and have a fun day outdoors sledding, ice skating, and hiking. There will be a bon fire to warm up at, indoor arts and crafts, pizza for purchase, and s’mores!

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival

Downtown Salem, 11 am-9 pm

While technically this event begins on Friday, it’s a wine tasting that’s—obviously not kid friendly—and is also sold out. So plan to visit Saturday to explore the town looking for ice sculptures and popping in and out of shops offering free chocolate samples. The trolley will also be running from noon to 4 pm, offering $2 rides around the festival (kids are free). If you can hang past 5 pm, the ice sculptures will light up too!

Sweetheart’s Party at the Piazza

The Children’s Piazza, 83 Pine St., Peabody, 4 pm-6:30 pm

Celebrate your little valentines at this annual sweetheart’s party. Along with all the great indoor play structure fun, this party will also feature a barbecue dinner, sundae bar, dance party, photo booth, and crafts. Tickets are required for everyone over 12 months.

New England Boat Show

Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm

You don’t need to be in the market for a boat to have fun at this show. Kids can run up and down the isles of this huge show and hop on and off boats. Along with all the booths there’s interactive fun too! Kids can get creative and build their own boats at a crafting station and even hop on paddle boats and cruise a mini lake.

Sunday

Magical Beginning’s 2nd Annual Blood Drive in Honor of Tom Ritchie

Magical Beginnings Middleton, 225 Maple Street, Middleton, 9 am-3:30 pm

Stop by our Maple Street location to help a great cause! We are hosting a blood drive with Dana Farber Cancer Institute to honor Tom Ritchie, our Maple Street director’s husband and a two-time cancer survivor, as well as all of the Magical Beginnings families and staff that have faced life-threatening illnesses. Appointments and walk-ins are both welcome!

Toy Story Brunch

Breakaway, 221 Newbury St., Danvers, 9 am-2 pm

Think brunching is a thing of the past now that you have kids? Think again! The menu features tons of kid-friendly options like waffles, chicken fingers, and mac and cheese, with a full buffet for adults, including a build your own Bloody Mary bar. But the big draw here is that there will be a meet and great with Buzz and Woody from Toy Story! Oh…and kids under 10 eat free! Reservations are strongly recommended.

Valentine’s Day Ball with Belle

A Mom’s Village, 637 Lowell St., Peabody, 10 am-11:30 am

Dress in your princess finest and have a fairytale morning at this ball. Little royals will enjoy refreshments, mini make-overs, a sing along, a dance party/ball, and photos with Princess Belle. There will even be a surprise appearance by her prince!